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Secondary Dwelling Code Changes Passed


Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning have passed new legislation to permit a secondary dwelling to an existing dwelling on the same lot, either detached or attached.


Between August 2020 and March 2021, a pilot program involving four councils will trial the Secondary Dwelling Code. The councils involved in the pilot are Greater Bendigo, Murrindindi, Kingston and Moreland councils.


Smart Planning has developed a code to facilitate small-scale ‘granny-flat or garden studio’ style accommodation on the same lot as an existing dwelling in a residential area. Key aspects of the code to guide the siting and design of secondary dwellings are:

  • a height limit of 5 metres.

  • a maximum floor size of 60 square metres.

  • the need to meet the minimum garden area requirements of the zone, along with other siting and design requirements assessed through the permit process.

  • no ability to subdivide.

Secondary dwellings provide housing options to assist Victorians. This is best explained through the following document:

  • Secondary Dwelling Case Studies (DOCX, 28.0 KB) or (PDF, 953.8 KB)

The assessment of secondary dwelling applications will be through VicSmart. The standard planning permit process applies to an application that doesn’t:

  • meet the requirements of the code or,

  • to land that has an overlay with a building and works permit trigger.

Refer to the following link for more information



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